Travel to Morocco, Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon.

Visit Africa and experience the highlights of these incredible countries. The journey begins in the famous city of Casablanca, Morocco, and travels through Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon. Cruise the Niger River, trek rugged mountain passes, explore the wilderness on game drives in Ghana, and then laze on the remarkable black sands of Limbe's beaches in Cameroon. From start to finish, this epic tour from Casablanca to Douala will leave you in awe of amazing West Africa.

Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Douala,
Countries
Benin,
Ivory Coast,
Gambia,
Ghana,
Guinea,
Guinea-bissau,
Morocco,
Senegal,
Togo
Themes
Overland
Code
XDOXC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore mangroves with local fisherman in Senegal
  • Meet cheeky chimps in Nigeria
  • Lounge on the beach in Grand Popo, Benin
  • Explore the colourful markets of Kumasi
  • Hike to Mt Toubkal
  • Wander the medieval streets of Fes
  • Experience colonial Casablanca
  • Blitz through bazaars in Marrakech
  • Soak up coastal ambience in Essaouira

Itinerary

Get acquainted with the distinct architecture and European flavour of Casablanca.
Visit the Kasbah des Oudaias.
Head to a Moroccan homestay in the sacred hilltop town of Moulay Idriss.
Discover the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis en route to historic Fes.
Spend the night camping in the rugged Moroccan wilds.
Ride into the desert overnight on a camel safari.
Hike through the magnificent Todra Gorge.
Watch a golden sunset paint the graceful Ait Benhaddou kasbah in red hues.
Head to the Moroccan village of Talioune.
Visit the Saffron Community Project.
Why not conquer the slopes of Mt Toubkal?
Make the most of the coastal beauty and mellow vibe of Essaouria. Wander the narrow streets to explore markets and shop for trinkets or simply relax by the beach.
Visit Marrakech and get lost amongst the souqs and bazaars that line the winding streets.
Sit back with the locals and sip on a sweet mint tea in Casablanca.
Fly from Casablanca to Dakar.
Begin the West Africa part of the journey in the vibrant coastal city of Dakar.
Stop over in the tiny town of Toubakouta, and, if there's time, head to Medina Baay Mosque in Kaolack. The next day, head out and explore the beautiful beaches, mangrove swamps, islands and dunes of the Sine-Saloum Delta.
Reach the Gambia River and spend two nights in traditional round huts made entirely out of natural materials from the bush. Explore the woodlands, savannas, mangrove creeks and tidal flats of Kiang West, the Gambia's largest national park, and keep an eye out for West African Manatee, otters, hyenas and leopards.
Stay in the peaceful surrounds of Bintang Bolong Eco Lodge, using the riverside huts as a base in which to step into a canoe and explore the surrounding mangroves, or experience the lively culture of Bintang village.
Arrive in the sandy streets of Ziguinchor, and head out to explore the overgrown downtown area or check out the colourful local boat-builders at the port.
Feel the fresh sea breeze in the coastal village of Cap Skirring, and perhaps take a dip in the warm waters or relax on the palm-fringed beaches.
Continue the Africa overland odyssey toward Guinea Bissau, stopping to camp for the night.
Relax among the laidback, Portuguese-inspired vibes of Bissau. Pull up a seat in a bustling cafe or snap some photos of the character-clad colonial buildings.
Camp overnight in Mampata and Koundara, passing through some of West Africa's most remote scenery on the way.
Head into the cool climes of Fouta Djallon, the perfect place to enjoy a spot of walking, hiking or biking.
Leave the Fouta Djallon region behind and head further through Guinea, stopping en route for two nights.
Explore the forested mountain region of south-eastern Guinea, an untamed area that offers great opportunities to trek across wild savanna, follow less-trodden trails to spectacular waterfalls and track forest elephants at the Foret Classee de Ziama.
Cut a path through rural West Africa, spending a night camping under the stars before reaching Odienne - renowned for its gold mines and striking granite backdrop.
Weave through the fabric-filled marketplaces of cotton-producing Korhogo - a great place to pick up some handmade souvenirs.
Explore the bizarre capital of the Cote d'Ivoire, a monument to presidential wealth and a city that sports the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix - an almost exact replica of St Peter's in the Vatican City.
Explore the colonial town, watch local artists at work or kick back and relax on the serene beaches of Grand Bassam.
Help out on a local community project in the little fishing town of Elmina.
Head deep into tropical rainforest in Kakum National Park. Embark on a canopy walk to spot pygmy elephants, forest buffalo and the extremely rare Mona-meercat.
Soak up the atmosphere of Accra's powdery beaches and lively bars.
Visit the Akosombo Dam before setting up camp for the night.
Travel to Togo to enjoy a butterfly safari through lush jungle. By night, get a rhythmic introduction to local drumming.
Ride across Lake Togo with local fishermen to investigate voodoo culture in Togoville.
Visit Benin and relax beachside in Grand Popo.
Be sure to check out the candy-striped Cotonou Cathedral.
Visit a palace filled with shimmering gold and silver and pervaded by the spirit of voodoo.
Travel into Nigeria and spend the night in booming Abeokuta.
Enjoy a night camping in the bush en route to Nigeria's capital, Abuja.
Traverse the picturesque Jos Plateau.
Soak in a hot spring beneath dramatic sandstone cliffs. Look out for lions, antelope and elegant ostriches on a trip into this remote park.
Spend the night in a camp near Makurdi.
See where chimps and endangered drill monkeys are saved from hunters and perhaps lend a hand.
Travel along rugged roads winding through Cameroon's rainforests, arid plains and soaring mountains.
Lounge on Limbe's black volcanic sands below mighty Mt Cameroon.
Kribi Beach is a dramatic contrast to Limbe's chilled-out vibe and is a glitzy, palm-fringed playground for the rich.
End your adventure among Douala's graceful and decaying colonial ambience.
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Inclusions

Meals
63 breakfasts, 63 lunches, 63 dinners
Transport
Boat, Canoe, Overland vehicle, Plane
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (11 nights), Cabin (2 nights), Camp site (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (35 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (30 nights), Lodge (2 nights), Rondavel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Elmina Castle
  • Entrance and Rainforest canopy walk, Kakum National Park
  • Entrance to Volubilis
  • Game Drive and visit to hot springs
  • Great Mosque
  • Guided city tour with local lunch, Fes
  • Guided Tour of Palace and Museum, Abomey
  • Guided tour of the local cloth weavers
  • Guided walks
  • La Maison Bresil at Ouidah
  • Medina Baay Mosque
  • Overnight camel safari
  • Pirogue (dug out canoe trip) on Lake Togo
  • Pirogue trip
  • Saffron Community Project
  • Stilt Village Boat Trip
  • Visit Drill Monkey Conservation Project
  • Visit to the Kasbah

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